The past few months have seen several messaging, airline booking and online payment apps march out of the Windows Phone ecosystem. Now it seems dwindling Windows Phone market share is forcing some financial institutions to leave the platform, too. Germany’s Volksbank just announced in a Twitter post that it is ending support for its app on Microsoft’s Store.
Over the last couple of months, Volksbank ceased rolling out updates to its app. The lack of support over those months heralded the bank’s plan to drop support for its Windows Phone app, so the latest development is not surprising.
It does not come as a surprise, too, that Volksbank decided to depart the platform given its poor reception. NetMarketShare’s latest report reveals that Windows Phone 8.1 represents only 1.03% of the mobile operating system market during November 2016. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker also predicts the market share for Windows Phone to drop to 0.1% in 2020. According to the report, Windows Phone shipments could hit 1 million within the forecast period, provided all units are sold out in four years.
As it is, the Volksbank app is no longer available to download from the Microsoft Store. Soon, it could be completely removed from the online store listing. Right now, users can only access their account via the official Volksbank website using their web browser. Nonetheless, the Volksbank app remains available for Android and iOS users.
As in the case of other apps previously pulled from the Windows Phone, Volksbank does not plan to release a Windows 10 mobile app. Despite the huge improvements brought about by Windows 10 Mobile, the prospect of a Volksbank app coming to that platform looks far flung at the moment.
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